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Subject: Have to see it to believe it.....
This is a GOOD show in contrary to what others say. Just get your hands on a copy of the video from this night. The black and white video that is circulating from this evening really displays what is going behind the soundboard tapes. The Jack Straw shows Bobby and Jerry stepping back and launching at the mics in synch during the cresendo of the song. "JACK STRAW FROM WITCHITA CUT HIS BUDDY DOWN!"
Row Jimmy is a classic, I'm a sucker for this tune. Jer and Donna improvise some vocal fun during the "I say Row, Jimmy Row. gonna get there I don't know, seems a common way to goooooooaahhh"! Jer adds his classic '78 vocal nuances to this tune.
Good Lovin' smokes watching Jer kick his leg in the air and windmill a la Townsend style is classic. They are obviously psyched about this one.
It would be nice to see a lot more shows on video. It would certainly make those shows that people consider duds really shine. This one in particular..Get the video and see for yourself
Subject: Great Mix
Jerry had no vocals for the first two songs, but the techs get it resolved by BIODTL. From that point on the mix is phenominal, and I think this show has the best Peggy-O and Wharf Rat I've heard.
Subject: Weak start
On Jack Straw, you can't hear Garcia's vocals, and he plays tentatively. After the second round of verses, he tries to rescue himself with some trilled chords, but to little avail, despite help from the drummers. LL-Supplication is the same: the rhythm section is on all fours, but Garcia is a step behind and without his muse, showing only flickers of brillance in his chord work. These are fine examples of sub-par performances by Garcia, and if you love the band, they are hard to take. (I've heard Eyes and Around & A from set two, and they are only mildly interesting).